2002-11-23 / Community

Clinton Announces Unemployment Insurance Extension

Clinton Announces Unemployment Insurance Extension

Senator Hillary Rodham-Clinton announced this week that the Senate passed, by unanimous consent, legislation to extend unemployment insurance. Clinton called on Members of the House to pass the bill immediately so that 2.1 million Americans and 177,000 New Yorkers can benefit from the extensions.  The Senate agreement came following a lively debate on the floor of the Senate and daylong bipartisan negotiations led by Senator Clinton.

"This is very good news. As I have said before, extending unemployment
insurance is not just the right thing to do for working Americans, it is smart economic policy," stated Clinton.

"The strong bipartisan support behind this legislation in the Senate should send a clear message to the House that they should pass this bill today. Today's news from the New York State Department of Labor
that unemployment has increased highlights the urgent need for this legislation."

In March, Congress extended unemployment insurance a first time, with benefits set to expire at the end of December. The current House measure would allow individuals receiving extensions to continue collecting benefits beyond the expiration date and until February 1. The Senate measure goes beyond a House
bill in two ways. 

First, it allows individuals receiving extensions to continue collecting benefits until they expire in full. 

Secondly, it says that individuals who have exhausted their regular 26 weeks of unemployment insurance are eligible for a 13-week extension. Individuals would be able to apply for extensions through the end of March.

The House bill would help 800,000 people nationwide, while the Senate bill would help 2.1 million nationwide, and 177,000 in New York.

While pleased with the progress made by this agreement, Senator Clinton vowed to continue working to also provide an additional extension for those individuals who have already had an extension and are still out of a job.

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